If you are anything like me you have tried to step back from the hectic frenzy of life lately. You may find yourself shutting off the internet, your phone or tablet, and closes the newspaper a lot sooner than you used to. It has been a struggle to maintain the normal composure with all of the fear, hate, mistrust, and worry that feels like it is running rampant these days.
There has been a changing of the tide, so to speak. It may even feel like there is a heaviness in the air that you didn’t truly notice before. And if you tune into that heaviness you may even say it feels like it is trying to suffocate you and strangle the life out of you.
Or maybe that’s just me.
The outcry that I have heard over masks, the unfairness of it all, the truth is this. No one will agree with every decision you make. Absolutely no one. But let me assure you of this friend, there are numerous battles being waged today. We are locked into the biggest spiritual, emotional, and even physical battles of our lifetimes. These battles are being fought all around us as we bicker over how is right and who is wrong.
I know that this confusion is not localized to me or in my area, I see it and hear it every day. Because even though I tend to turn off the news or shut down social media sooner than I used to, it is part of my job to be well versed in technology and all the mighty uses it has in our lives. Therefore, I am more or less reading and scrolling just like everyone else.
But I have a secret.
As I work and scroll, I make sure to leave myself plenty of room to walk away. Because I know that I do not have to engage in every article that lights my fire, or leave a comment on a post that burns my backside. That isn’t my true secret though, that is part of my learning to not let every little thing irritate me.
My true secret is this – I have joy and hope in Christ Jesus and I can leave all of my worries, fears, and concerns at His feet – at a moment’s notice.
The article makes me angry. Walk away and talk to Jesus.
The people on social media that make me furious. Walk away and let God handle it.
This is my secret. I do not have to handle all of this crazy confusion.
Philippians 4:6 says it best, “Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (emphasis mine)
Those worries, that keep tugging, let them go and focus on the peace of God.
In the next verse, verse 7, in Philippians it say this, “and the PEACE of God, which surpasses ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (again, emphasis mine)
These verses are straight up telling us that we absolutely do not have to carry all of the worry, doubts, confusion, fear, anxiety. We do not have to carry any of it. Jesus is our peace and hope in all things. Yes. Even the spiritual battles that we cannot see. He is with us. He relieves us of our doubts and fears.
So friend, in these troubling times that we are in, I want to assure you that you too can find this hope and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ.
He turns no one away.
He loves without condition.
He forgives with His whole heart.
He yearns to show how much He loves you as His own.
If you are confused or overridden with anxiety and worry, we would be happy to pray with you. Feel free to reach out to our prayer team at any time.
May the Lord shine His face upon you and you find the peace and hope that He offers.
In His Grace,